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China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City opens new chapter of cooperative development

By YUAN SHENGGAO | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-07-02 08:12
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Staff members at Guangzhou CanSemi Technology, a semiconductor manufacturer located in China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, inspect equipment. [Photo provided to China Daily]

A new international school at China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City in South China's Guangdong province is progressing smoothly with enrollments ahead of its opening in September this year.

SingChin Academy, a cooperation project between China and Singapore, is affiliated to Hwa Chong Family of Schools.

SingChin Academy, which involves a total investment of 1 billion yuan ($154.76 million), will offer a 12-year international bilingual curriculum covering primary, junior middle and senior middle schools.

Covering 7 hectares, with a total floor area of 100,000 sq m, the academy will be able to accommodate 3,000 students.

The project is not only a new benchmark for cooperation in basic education between Singapore and Guangdong, but is also expected to offer education for the children of talents from across the world in China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City.

China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, founded in 2010, was upgraded to a State-level bilateral cooperation project in November 2018.

Featuring city-industry integration, the knowledge city combines areas of industrial development with supporting facilities, residential areas and cultural attractions, to allow residents to conveniently live and work there.

Statistics show that by the end of 2020, the city had poured in a total investment in fixed assets exceeding 180.4 billion yuan, and lured 23,600 companies to settle, with total registered capital of 439.3 billion yuan.

"With the upgrading of its overall development plan, the Guangzhou knowledge city has entered the second phase of development and construction, which focuses on forward-looking fields such as intellectual property, digital economy, smart cities and scientific and technological innovation," said Xu Hui, deputy director at the development and construction office of China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City.

As an important driver of the second phase of the Guangzhou knowledge city's development, the Sino-Singaporean demonstration zone for international scientific innovation cooperation is under construction.

With construction starting in September last year, the demonstration zone has a planning area of 2 sq km and is set to reap a total investment of 50 billion yuan. The zone will prioritize the development of industries including biomedicine, health, intelligent manufacturing, new-generation information technology, new materials, new energy and financial services.

The knowledge tower, another benchmark project between Singapore and Guangdong, the main part of which started construction in June last year, is scheduled for completion in 2024.

With a design height of 330 meters, the tower will be a super-high-rise office and sharing space, helping promote China-Singapore cooperation in scientific and technological innovation, urban construction, personnel exchanges and training and investment attraction.

Behind all the achievements made in the Guangzhou knowledge city is China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment& Development, which is responsible for the overall development of the city and the investment and construction of its infrastructure and supporting facilities.

"The company is an important platform for China-Singapore cooperation in Guangdong. In the future, the company will deeply integrate the resources of both sides to help build a global industrial ecosystem with smart technology industries as the core in the Guangzhou knowledge city," said Chen Changxin, CEO of China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment& Development.

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